Windows Phone Radio, Microsoft's official Windows Phone 7 podcast, returns with hosts Brian Seitz and Matt Akers to discuss the weekly update blog posts by Eric Hatula (NoDo) and later joined by Brandon Watson to talk about the ChevronWP7.updater.
Firstly, let's cover what is really meant when updates are in the "testing" stage over on Where's my update?...
"It doesn’t mean that they’re [carriers] the ones exclusively testing at that point. It’s a partnership at that point with ourselves, the mobile operators and also with the OEM…maybe the mobile operator finds some things that we need to go address in the operating system of the phone and we will go do that work and then create another package for them to go and do some more testing on, so it really is a collaborative effort even in that stage. It’s not as cut and dry as it might sound…Once we’re getting into the “testing” phase we’re getting into the final stretches of this thing [updates] being deployed for your phone."
Now comes Brandon and the whole discussion about the potential issues surrounding the ChevronWP7.updater tool that users have been using to force-update their devices with NoDo.
"The net result is that it [the updater tool] was putting phones in a state where they couldn’t be updated from us [Microsoft]. They could be updated, but beyond that, they would not be updatable."
Brandon also mentions they are going to produce material in the near future that puts into detail how the tool is putting phones into an un-updatable state. For the time being, the team is attempting to work out how to reverse the problem without having users resort to having their devices flashed back to the original ROM by their carriers. He stated that this is a real concern and is definitely not FUD.
It seems the continued plea is to not update your phone prematurely and be patient as NoDo will come - easy for some to say. I wonder what'll come first, the solution from Microsoft for the people who have used the tool or the NoDo update for those who haven't (and are on the same network)?